What is the importance of prayer to a pastor?
1. Gethsemane teaches us that the turning points for your life and ministry are determined in the private and personal times you have with the Lord.
The turning point for Jesus’ ministry came in the Garden of Gethsemane. Gethsemane was the place where Jesus received strength to accomplish the will of God. The turning point for your church will come when you wait on the Lord. The turning point that will give you church growth will take place in your Garden of Gethsemane.
2. Gethsemane shows us the greatest example of waiting on the Lord.
There is no man that is used of the Lord who has not interacted with the Lord deeply and personally.
Moses encountered the Lord by the burning bush. It was that personal private burning bush meeting that propelled him into his worldwide ministry. It will be your personal private burning bush experience that will propel you into the church growth you desire.
Jacob’s meeting with the Lord also gave birth to his ministry of producing God’s nation Israel.
3. Gethsemane teaches us that you must have a place you go to often to wait on the Lord.
Who hath woe? Who hath sorrow? Who hath contentions? Who hath babbling? Who hath wounds without cause? Who hath redness of eyes?
They that tarry long at the wine; …
Wine changes those who tarry long at it. We are also affected as we stay longer and longer in His presence. The longer you tarry at the wine, the more you experience stronger effects of the wine. When you tarry long at the wine, you begin to babble uncontrollably and act strangely.
As you stay longer at the wine, your eyes turn red and you start to see things differently. Gethsemane teaches us that the longer we stay in the presence of God the more we get soaked and affected by Him.
Just as people learn to stay longer and longer at the wine bar, you must learn to stay longer in His presence. The longer you stay in His presence, the more you will experience the effect of God’s presence.